An Unwavering Business Model of Innovation

I have a special place in my heart for HP; my UCSD bachelor's degree in-hand, they gave me my first full-time engineering job in their San Diego Division (at that time, pioneering the paper-moving plotters and early ink-jet printers). It has been sad, though, watching the erosion of an "engineer's engineering" company with an innovation- first culture into something that looks, to this CTO, like it has spent the last five years chasing other people's business models. That hasn't happened here at Sun. And Scott and Jonathan have the Wall Street scars to show you what it means to stay focused and true to the long-term and \*central\* value of R&D. These days, you can really feel the buzz at Sun that the unwavering dedication we've had on innovation and \*challenging conventional wisdom\* is paying off big- time: Solaris, Java, throughput computing, developer tools, storage virtualization, proximity I/O, scalable x64 servers, application switching, real time, display-over-IP, utility computing, ...

So, an open invitation to my good friends at HP Labs who are looking for a place that deeply values and respects open innovation: drop me a line at greg@sun.com.

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